This week in new hardcovers: An elite band sworn to protect the peace between humans and vampires faces a disastrous internal divide; a hidden realm of magic and mystery lurks in the memories of two young men; a would-be rake whose hero invented a teleportation device has problems resulting from sex, violence, space, time, and the blithe disregard of history; a series of poems expose the motivations of all those capricious and wanton creatures of the forests and fairylands; an archangel seeks to thwart Lucifer's imminent conquest of heaven; a reenvisioned origin story for a Snow White born into a world of silver mines and Native Americans; a piebald bastard prince is raised by a lowborn maid; plus art by Frazetta and a book of "kling-on" Star Trek stickers.
by Lara Adrian
A Midnight Breed Novel. "Twenty years after the terror of First Dawn—when mankind learned that vampires lived secretly among them—the threat of violence reigns as the two species struggle to coexist. The only group preserving the fragile harmony is the Order, an elite cadre of Breed warriors dedicated to protecting humans and vampires alike. And in this precarious world of torn loyalties and shattered trust, Mira, a fiery squad captain, finds that every fight bears an intensely personal cost. Raised among the Order, Mira has always believed in the warrior's code of swift—and even lethal—justice. But the one thing she desires more than the Order's hard-won acceptance is Kellan Archer, a sexy but troubled Breed fighter. In love with him since childhood, Mira once broke through his tough exterior during an unexpected night of rapture, but the next day he mysteriously disappeared, never to return." Delacorte Press, 288 pages, Feb 26.
by C. Robert Cargill
"Something is missing from Ewan and Colby's lives. Residing in the corners of their memories is their time in Limestone Kingdom, a realm filled with magic and mystery, a world where only some may travel amongst the menagerie of mystical souls and sinister demons." Harper Voyager, 448 pages, Feb 26.
by Ned Beauman
"When you haven't had sex in a long time, it feels like the worst thing that could ever happen. If you're living in Germany in the 1930s, it probably isn't. But that's no consolation to Egon Loeser, whose carnal misfortunes will push him from the experimental theaters of Berlin to the absinthe bars of Paris to the physics laboratories of Los Angeles, trying all the while to solve two mysteries: Was it really a deal with Satan that claimed the life of his hero, Renaissance set designer Adriano Lavicini, creator of the so-called Teleportation Device? And why is it that a handsome, clever, modest guy like him can't—just once in a while—get himself laid?" Bloomsbury USA, 368 pages, Feb 26.
by Jane Yolen, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Matt Mahurin (Illustrator)
Fairy-Tale Voices with a Twist. "What were all those fairy-tale characters thinking? Jane Yolen and Rebecca Kai Dotlich answer this question in paired poems, with sometimes startling results. The Princess claims all those mattresses kept her awake—not a silly pea—while the poor pea complains that the princess snores. One Snow White begs the witch to settle by the bay and throw that mirror away. Another boldly tells the mirror she "won't be guided by a glass that's so one-sided." Grumbles from the Forest is a bewitching brew of voices—grumbling, pleading, bragging, reminiscing, confiding—that bubbles with magic and wonder. The spectacular paintings that tie the poems together are full of surprise and intrigue. This stunning collection includes end notes that briefly describe the tales and their history and an introduction that invites readers to imagine their own poems from unusual perspectives." Wordsong, 40 pages, Mar 1.
by Harry Aderton
"When Lucifer challenges the throne of God, it ignites a decades-long war that devastates the serenity of the Heavens. With an arsenal of demonic fallen angels at his side, Lucifer's march to satanic glory seems imminent. Archangel Sariel has other plans." Aderton Prime LLC, 496 pages, Mar 1.
by Catherynne M. Valente
"With her mother's death in childbirth, so begins a heroine s tale equal parts heartbreak and strength. This girl has been born into a world with no place for a half-native, half-white child. After being hidden for years, a very wicked stepmother finally gifts her with the name Snow White, referring to the pale skin she will never have." Subterranean, 168 pages, Feb 28.
by Robin Hobb, Jon Foster (Illustrator)
"One of the darkest legends in the Realm of the Elderlings recounts the tale of the so-called Piebald Prince, a Witted pretender to the throne unseated by the actions of brave nobles so that the Farseer line could continue untainted. Now the truth behind the story is revealed through the account of Felicity, a low-born companion of the Princess Caution at Buckkeep. With Felicity by her side, Caution grows into a headstrong Queen-in-Waiting. But when Caution gives birth to a bastard son who shares the piebald markings of his father s horse, Felicity is the one who raises him. And as the prince comes to power, political intrigue sparks dangerous whispers about the Wit that will change the kingdom forever..." Subterranean, 184 pages, Feb 28.
by Frank Frazetta, J. David Spurlock
"Frazetta took the sex and violence of the pulp fiction of his youth and added even more action, fantasy and potency, but rendered his works with a panache seldom seen outside of Fine Art. Despite his sword-and-sorcery, science-fiction and fantasy subject matter, the quality of the work has not only drawn comparisons to illustrators like Maxfield Parrish, Frederic Remington, Norman Rockwell, N.C. Wyeth, J. Allen St.John, and Joseph Clement Coll." Vanguard, 134 pages, Feb 27.
by Joe Corroney
"Now Trekkies and fans of all ages can reenact their favorite scenes from the original Star Trek universe—or create new, uncharted scenarios! Stuck on Star Trek features ten original and instantly recognizable scenes including the Enterprise's bridge, sick bay, the transporter and engine rooms, private quarters, as well as alien environments, which set the stage for more than thirty reusable stickers featuring the ship's stalwart crew and adversaries." Universe, 10 pages, Feb 26.